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Expat wanderer

Truth in Packaging?

I am always skeptical of the products I call “hope in a bottle” (to my great amusement, there is actually a great product line which is now called Hope In A Bottle) but people will buy anything in hopes that it will keep their skin looking young and fresh.

When you live in heat, and when you do water aerobics, you need more. I was looking for something light I could put on often, something for day, and something for night. This is above and beyond the magic elixirs I put on my face that show “amazing, visible results in 7 Days!!!!” although seven days later I wonder what my face might have looked like if I hadn’t been using Product X . . .

So I bought some hope in a bottle to use days and nights, and yes, partly I will admit I bought the beautiful packaging. It is beautiful, isn’t it?

And it wasn’t that hard to open, which is a bonus. But wait! What is this inside? I paid for a lot of AIR!

The next package was the same – beautiful packaging; a lot of air . . .

Maybe, in its own way, it is more true than fiction. After all, when we are buying vanity, when we invest in the hope of beautiful skin, a lot of it is illusion and air, isn’t it?

June 15, 2010 - Posted by | Aging, Beauty, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Experiment, Financial Issues, Humor, Marketing, Shopping


  1. at 24, upon meeting u on the world wide web, i scoffed at a specific conversation we had together (if you still remember it). You were saying how even at 24, one should start applying “hope in a bottle” to preserve one’s youth.

    it was the conversation that had alerted me to my negligence! Since then, i have been trying to use all the anti wrinkle/anti bags products religiously on my face!

    my face will thank you down the line, when im the 40 yr old lady with the 28 yr old face 😛

    do u happen to remember that conv?!

    Comment by Mrm | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. LLLOOOLLL, dear one, I do not remember that conversation, but whenever we were together, if you remember, the conversation was here there and everywhere! Books, films, mating rituals, customs, traditions, ex pat living . . . we talked about face creams??? I told you to start using?? Lord have mercy, I have some nerve, don’t I?

    Here is one item of good news, Mrm, and that is Kuwaiti women I know have awesome skin. Most of my friends look wonderful, and these are women who do not “go under the knife’ to preserve their looks. So you have a good head start already with good genes. Using creme couldn’t hurt! I’m just laughing laughing laughing that I would say such a thing, and laughing even harder that you listened. Wooo HOOO on both uf us! 😀

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. looool I have *so* much hope invested in so many bottles. probably the only ones worth the emotional effort are the ones with sunscreen!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. My mum told me to look after my skin when it still had use, so I have religiously taken off my make-up at night and night and daycreme.
    I do think it pays to feed and protect your skin.
    But of equal importance is I think not drinking and especially not smoking. My 4 year younger smoking and boozing sister looks 10 years older then I do!

    I now make my own skin-products using only top quality ingredients and no conservatives.
    All these chemicals are absorbed into your skin as well!
    So my ”ultra-rich golden sunshine nightcreme” lasts only 1 month and over 2 if you keep it refrigerated. But it is soooo lovely! The smell alone! It’s got some really expensive etherial oils.

    Next time I’m in America I will send you some.

    Comment by Aafke-Art | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  5. Little Diamond, there are some recent studies out on claims for sun protection – they aren’t what they claim . . . but keeping skin hydrated can’t hurt . . .

    Good on you, Aafke! Do you make soap, too? I love finding products at local outdoor markets, especially hand crafted soaps. I look forward to some of your nightcream. It sounds very special. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 16, 2010 | Reply

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